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28 June: The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh were received in the forecourt of the Palace of Holyroodhouse by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for the City of Edinburgh (Mr Norman Irons, the Right Hon the Lord Provost) and Members of the City of Edinburgh District Council, when the Right Hon the Lord Provost surrendered to Her Majesty the Keys of the City, which The Queen returned to him.

A Guard of Honour found by the 2nd Battalion Scots Guards, under the command of Major Malcolm MacGregor of MacGregor, was mounted in the Forecourt.

The High Constables of the Palace of Holyroodhouse were on duty. The following are in attendance:

The Earl of Airlie (Lord Chamberlain), the Countess of Airlie and the Lady Susan Hussey (Ladies-in-Waiting), the Right Hon Sir Robert Fellowes (Private Secretary to The Queen), Major-General Sir Simon Cooper (Master of the Household), Lieutenant-Colonel Malcolm Ross (Comptroller, Lord Chamberlain's Office), Sir Kenneth Scott (Deputy Private Secretary), Lieutenant-Colonel Blair Stewart-Wilson (Deputy Master of the Household), Mr John Haslam (Deputy Press Secretary), Lieutenant-Colonel Anthony Mather (Secretary, Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood and Assistant Comptroller, Lord Chamberlain's Office) and Wing Commander Christopher Moran RAF (Equerry to The Duke of Edinburgh).

Her Majesty, accompanied by His Royal Highness, this morning opened an Exhibition of the Honours of Scotland at Edinburgh Castle and was received by the Governor of the Castle (Major-General Michael Scott, General Officer Commanding Scotland) who surrendered to The Queen the Keys of the Castle, which Her Majesty returned to him.

The Queen, with the Duke of Edinburgh, viewed St Margaret's Chapel, escorted by the Reverend Charles Robertson (Minister, Canongate Kirk, and President and Chairman, St Margaret's Chapel Guild).

Her Majesty, accompanied by His Royal Highness, afterwards was received with a Salute at Forewall Battery.

The Queen subsequently unveiled a commemorative stone in Crown Square.

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh then viewed the Exhibition, escorted by Mr Graeme Munro (Director, Historic Scotland) and Mr Christopher Tabraham (Principal Inspector of Ancient Monuments, Historic Scotland).

The Lady Susan Hussey, the Right Hon Ian Lang MP (Secretary of State for Scotland), Sir Kenneth Scott, Mr John Haslam and Major James Patrick were in attendance.

Her Majesty and His Royal Highness later attended a Reception given by the Commonwealth Institute (Scotland) in the garden of the Palace of Holyroodhouse to mark the Centenary of the Institute and were received by Sir Mark Russell (Chairman) and Mr Charles Carroll (Director).

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh were entertained at Dinner this evening by the Secretary of State for Scotland and Mrs Lang at Bute House, Edinburgh.

The Countess Airlie and the Right Hon Sir Robert Fellowes were in attendance.

The Duke of Edinburgh was represented by Mr James Elms at a Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of Mr Bobby Moore which was held in Westminster Abbey, London SW1, today.

The Prince Edward, President, the Lord's Taverners, was represented by Mr Timothy Rice.

The Duke of Kent, President, the Football Association, was represented by Sir Bert Millichip.


28 June: The Prince Edward today opened the Fitness Gallery at the Savoy, 1 Savoy Hill, London WC2.

Lieutenant-Colonel Sean O'Dwyer was in attendance.

28 June: The Princess Royal this morning opened the KG Ethylene Project, BP Chemicals Limited, Grangemouth Site, Bo'ness Road, Grangemouth, and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Stirling and Falkirk (Lieutenant-Colonel James Stirling of Garden).

Her Royal Highness afterwards opened the 3rd International Sheep Veterinary Conference at Heriot Watt University and was received by Brigadier Frank Coutts (Deputy Lieutenant of the City of Edinburgh). The Princess Royal this afternoon opened the new extension of The Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline, and was received by Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Fife (the Earl of Elgin and Kincardine KT).

Her Royal Highness, President, Save the Children Fund, later visited the Save the Children Fund Shop, 241 High Street, Kirkcaldy. The Princess Royal, Patron, Citizen's Advice Scotland, afterwards visited Levenmouth Citizens' Advice Bureau, Wellesley Road, Methil.

Mrs David Bowes-Lyon was in attendance.

Her Royal Highness, accompanied by Commander Timothy Laurence RN, this evening attended a Dinner for the International Olympic Committee Members at the London Hilton, Park Lane, London W1.


28 June: The Prince of Wales, Patron, National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens, gave a Reception this evening.


28 June: The Duke of Gloucester, Grand Prior, Order of St John, today was present at the Grand Prior's Advisory Council at St John's Gate, Clerkenwell, London EC1.

Major Nicholas Barne was in attendance.


28 June: The Duke of Kent, President, the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, accompanied by the Duchess of Kent, this afternoon attended the Lawn Tennis Championships and later attended drinks with the Committee at Wimbledon, London SW19.

Captain the Honourable Tom Coke was in attendance.


The Queen holds an Investiture; and, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, dines with the Royal Company of Archers at Archers' Hall, Edinburgh. The Duke of Edinburgh, Patron and Trustee, attends a Reception for young people who have achieved the Gold Standard in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. The Queen Mother, Colonel- in-Chief, the Queen's Own Hussars, attends a Reception given by the Regiment in St James's Palace. The Prince of Wales visits Kielder Forest. The Princess of Wales, Patron, Chicken Shed Theatre Company, attends a Lunch at the Dorchester Hotel, London W1; and later, as Patron, the Trust for Sick Children in Wales, attends a Gala Opening Night of the Kirov Ballet performing Romeo and Juliet at the London Coliseum, London WC2. The Princess Royal, Patron, the British Nutrition Foundation, attends the 1993 Annual Conference - 'The Scientific Achievements of McCance and Widdowson', Royal College of Physicians, London NW1; and, as President, the Missions to Seamen, attends the annual service, St Michael Paternoster Royal, London EC4. The Duchess of Gloucester, Patron, Medical Women's Federation, opens the Medical Women's International Association, Northern European Region 11th International Congress, at the Hotel Metropole, Brighton; visits the Hospice of St Peter and St James, Wivelsfield Green, East Sussex; and later opens the Community Swimming Pool at Shoreham, West Sussex. The Duke of Kent, Vice-Chairman, the British Overseas Trade Board, visits Andy Thornton Architectural Antiques, Ainley's Industrial Estate, Elland; visits Mott MacDonald Limited, Mott MacDonald House, Sheffield; as President, the Football Association, visits the Hillsborough Community Development Trust Memorial Garden, Sheffield; as Patron, the British Menswear Guild, visits John Smedley Limited, Armthorpe, Doncaster; and as President, dines with the Chairman and Members of the Automobile Association's Committee, at the Cavalry and Guards Club, London SW1. The Duchess of Kent, attends the Lawn Tennis Championship Meeting, All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon, London SW19. Prince Michael of Kent, President of the Society of Genealogists, attends the AGM at the Royal Over-Seas League, London SW1.

Changing of the Guard

The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment mounts the Queen's Life Guard at Horse Guards, 11am; 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards mounts the Queen's Guard, at Buckingham Palace, 11.30am, band provided by the Grenadier Guards.